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    A trip down history lane

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 21/12/2017

    » Ayutthaya was the Thai capital for 417 years. During those centuries a lot happened. Somehow, for many Thais, the first -- and often the only -- thing that pops up when we think of the old city is wars with the Burmese. So when my friend Tui, who is a history buff, convinced me to go do some biking in Ayutthaya Historical Park, I didn't expect it to be much fun. But he proved me wrong.

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    Timeless treasures

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 11/04/2019

    » Like every time I went to Si Sa Ket, I dropped by Khao Phra Wihan National Park again on my latest visit to the northeastern province. As always, the sunrise at Pha Mo E Daeng, the cliff that is one of the park's top attractions, was a refreshing sight. During the rest of the trip, however, I came to realise that Si Sa Ket has much more to offer than Khao Phra Wihan.


    Ancient Thailand, under threat

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 07/03/2019

    » Centuries before the rise of Sukhothai, and even the Khmer Empire preceding it, the Dvaravati civilisation (6th-11th century) dominated much of what is now Thailand. Few ruins from the period remain. The largest, and one of the best preserved, is Khao Khlang Nok, the grand stupa in Si Thep Historical Park in Phetchabun province.


    Spiritual connection

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 05/07/2018

    » Back in February, when a notification on my mobile phone alerted me about a budget airline's promotional fare to Okinawa, Japan's southernmost prefecture, I immediately checked it out. For a round trip in June, it's only about 4,500 baht. With a big grin on my face, I said to myself: "Okie Dokie."


    On the trail of the great Henri Mouhot

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 05/04/2018

    » If you have been to Luang Prabang, you probably have climbed the 300 steps up Phousi, the hill that stands in the middle of the town. From the top, you can see not just the breadth and length of the former Lao capital and a Unesco World Heritage site but also the Mekong River a stone's throw to the west and the smaller Khan River nearby to the east. The two waterways meet just north of Phousi.


    A delightful ride in Lop Buri

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 01/03/2018

    » Lop Buri may not be so prominent on the tourist map. But it did play an important role in several different periods of Thai history.


    Salalah in the sunshine

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 08/06/2017

    » 'Wow, coconut trees!" I exclaimed in my head as I looked through the window of the charter bus that was taking me and other visitors out of the Salalah International Airport. I must admit I had never thought there would ever be a moment when such a simple sight could make me feel so excited. "Oh boy, there are banana and papaya trees too!"


    Ghost riders in Suphan Buri

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 24/03/2016

    » 'When I was young people believed there was a secret city on this hill. At night, sometimes they heard traditional music being carried by the wind down from the hilltop," Sompong Taengthap, also known as "Hang Nak 4", which is his radio call sign, related in a serious voice. He added that once his father could not be found for two days. When he finally returned home he thought the entire family was crazy because he didn't spend the night anywhere. All he did was go up the hill to collect bamboo shoots and stop for an afternoon nap at Phu Hang Nak.


    Riding the roof of Tak

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 13/11/2014

    » Although Doi Soi Malai is not an unfamiliar name to Thai travellers, only a minority of them have actually visited this 1,660m mountain, also known as the "roof of Tak province". Due to difficult access, especially during the wet season, only 4x4 folks and motocross riders have made it to the top. Would mountain bikers be able to do that too?


    Sifting through the past

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 24/05/2012

    » Saraburi may not boast Thailand's most important historical sites. But if you have been to all those former capitals such as Ayutthaya, Sukhothai or Chiang Mai, this province about an hour and a half drive northeast of Bangkok is one of the places you have to visit to get a better idea of history's finer details.

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